The national poultry sector has the challenge of following the steps that the beef agroindustry has successfully taken, he reflected. Federico Stanham, executive director of the Uruguayan Chamber of Poultry Processors (Cupra).
Stanham, in a press conference after concluding this Tuesday the “First International Forum: Challenges of the export of Uruguayan poultry meat”stated that growth for actors in the local poultry chain implies “to be more like the beef chain, which is the excellent national example we have, we want to be like that sector”.
What is needed, he explained, is “to start exporting in an increasing and sustainable way.”
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Full room during the activity organized by Cupra.
He recalled that in the national poultry industry There are eight companies that for many years have fully supplied the market, with idle capacity, to grow“but every time production grows as there is nowhere to sell because the internal market does not absorb those volumes, prices fall and production has to be adjusted, because no one produces at a loss.”
Regarding how to advance in export management, Stanham said that during the international forum (held in the auditorium of the Executive Tower) Experts from Argentina, Brazil and Chile made it clear that each country has its model and that in each one China plays an important role, because it is a very relevant market, “but each one combines it with other markets.”.
With that as context, he said, “Uruguay must find its business model, it is one of the challenges as a private sector,” but at the same time it is expected that the public sector will help define that model, alluding to the government and the National Meat Institute. (INAC), creating a model “where China will always be there, but we must have other markets.”
The activity took place in the Executive Tower.
Regarding the internal market, he reported that Annual per capita consumption in Uruguay increased to 24 kilos, when in the region it is higher, from 35 to 40 kilosin an international scenario in which “consumption of poultry meat is growing more than that of beef.”
Stanham specified that “it is not a challenge that Uruguayans are lovers of beef in the first instance, because there is room to grow in poultry, but the most important thing is that there is demand in the world for poultry meat in a very significant way. and we have to take advantage of that opportunity.”
After indicating that during the day, with a packed room throughout the day, one of the data that was known is that Brazil exports more chicken in a week than all that Uruguay produces in a year, he cited that the clear message that they left the exhibitors is that the way forward (for Uruguay) is see what market possibilities there are to enter with differentiated products, seeking more value than average valuesbecause based on its productive volumes Uruguay will not be able to compete.
The executive director of Cufma commented that it is essential to find those markets where there are opportunities and prepare companies to prepare these products, pointing out that it is about the forms of presentation, how to cut it and package it, for example.
Marcel Vaillant, Domingo Estévez and Joaquín Fernández, in the closing panel of the activity.
Forum in Executive Tower
As reported from Cupra, the chamber together with the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP) organized the aforementioned International Forum, in its first edition, with the participation of the President of the Republic, Luis Lacalle Pou; the Secretary of the Presidency, Álvaro Delgado; and the Undersecretary of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries, Juan Ignacio Buffa, in addition to other national authorities, national and foreign sector experts and businessmen in the sector.
The activity was segmented into two blocks, the first focused on the export experience of countries in the region, and after noon a national block focused on internal aspects of Uruguay’s export challenges.
The opening was led by Domingo Estévez, president of Cupra; Undersecretary Buffa; and the president of the Chamber of Representatives in the Legislative Branch, Sebastián Andújar.
Then Carlos Sinesi (vice president of the Chamber of Chicken Exporters of Argentina); Juan Carlos Domínguez (president of Chile Carne – Chilean Meat Exporters Association); and Ricardo Santín (president of the Brazilian Animal Protein Association) reviewed the trajectory of their countries on the export path of this item, including the experience of Brazil, the main exporter of this meat in the world.
Later Marcelo Secco, CEO of the Marfrig Uruguay group and president of the Uruguayan Meat Industry Association (Adifu), shared the path traveled in the production and export of beef, and the sacrifices that both the public and private sectors had to make. perform to reach the current situation.
In that sense, poultry meat marketing expert Guillermo Henderson also spoke, detailing the opportunities, demand and price evolution in the main markets.
The closing of the first block was in charge of Buffa, who highlighted the importance of the event: “This forum must be a starting point to take the poultry meat sector to where it deserves in this country.”
In the afternoon, representatives from the INAC, the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the MGAP spoke, detailing the commercial and diplomatic challenges that those industries that intend to export must face: tariff barriers, health authorizations and market atomization were detailed. , among other.
At the closing, and with the presence of Lacalle Pou, the president of Cupra highlighted the presence of the national authorities, which he identified as a demonstration of the importance that the government has shown to national poultry farming.
Despite this, Estévez called to deepen that commitment: “We need to define clear bases between the public and private sectors on the poultry farming that is wanted and can be had, to from there draw up a roadmap with objectives defined in “the time for each of the parties.”
“There is still a lot to continue growing, but it is a process of cultural change that takes time. We aspire to export and take our production to the most demanding markets in the world. That requires investment and clear rules of the game. That is our commitment and we trust that you will accompany us and that we will be able to do it together,” he concluded.
Estevez, at the end of his speech, alluded to what Lacalle Pou reflected a few days ago in his meeting with Los Teros who are participating in the Rugby World Cup in France, when in the locker room he told them that the fundamental thing was to always proceed with passion, which the president of Cupra took advantage of to assure the President of the Republic that in the poultry sector the industries proceed this way and will do so.
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